Friday, April 29, 2011

AABE Holds 34th Annual Conference in Jersey City, NJ

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The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) held its 34th national conference April 26-29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City in Jersey City, New Jersey. The conference attracted hundreds of energy professionals from every sector of the energy industry.  Each year, AABE holds its national conference to promote professional development, share industry information, and provide networking opportunities. This year’s theme, “Our Energy, Our Future: Creating Sustainable Communities” examined how policy leaders, industry and communities must work together to ensure that all communities can access the opportunities in the emerging green economy.

AAEA President Norris McDonald moderated a panel on "Reducing Our Carbon Footprint."  Panelists included John Cain, Principal Advisor Carbon Management for Chevron, Robert Catell, Chairman of Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, Kipp Coddington, Partner in Mowrey, Meezan, Coddington & Cloud, and TJ Tuscai, Chief Operating Officer for NextEra Energy Resources, LLP.

“At a time when energy is a leading driver of economic growth, this conference provided the backdrop to what it means to have a sustainable community and how the energy industry is a leading innovator during these times”, said Frank Stewart, President and COO of the association. “While national policy encourages participation in our green economy, it is important to appreciate that industry, policy makers and communities are increasingly challenged to balance the competing needs of their constituents. This conference not only discussed the challenges, but also suggested some possible solutions.”

The 34th National Conference featured chief executives, regulators, government officials and other industry leaders from around the country.


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